Long time no write! No Excuses here other then life getting in the way! I just wanted to let you know what I have been up to lately in regards to self-maintenance. I arrived to my all-time highest weight. I stepped on the scale and saw a whopping 296 lbs and immediately dropped my head in disbelief. My body is shaped in a way that once I’m above about 270…weigh gain/loss becomes a blur. When I say this, I mean it fluctuates so much that I start to just expect that some jeans might not fit this month…of that certain top that wasn’t so snug in the bust-line area! I simply just can’t do it anymore! I literally felt heavy…walking up the stairs winded me. I was running out of clothes that fit. Although I encourage people to love themselves the way they are, in this moment, how can you possibly be content when you feel unhealthy? So for those who know, I was pescatarian for about 8 Months. It was an easy lifestyle change for me, but eventually I began to crave carbs (sweets, Pasta, bread…etc.) that I never craved in the past. I am in no way saying that this is normal for this particular way of eating, this is just what happened for me! I needed something with structure….something that makes me say NO to all the carbs that cause my body to easily gain weight, I’ve been successful with Low-Carb in the past, so this time around, I have decided to go to a Ketogenic (High Fat, Moderate Protein and Very Low carb) way of life. I started Sunday, May 6th at 294 lbs and as of Today, May 23rd, I’m 182 ish (I’m a woman… so of course my weight fluctuates during the Day.) I don’t think I am if full Ketosis as of yet, I’m still getting the hang of my Macro (Protein, fat and Carbohydrates) needs. I’m still having some sugar cravings…but I find them easy to get over. I find that as long as I keep my Fat content up, I stay full longer (Thank GOD!!!) I hope to be in Full Ketosis by Week 4 and slowly start to incorporate Intermittent fasting. Here are a few Youtube Channels that Im subscribed to that has awesome info on a Keto Lifestyle! 1: The Keto Diet- The Heathful Pursuit : https://www.youtube.com/user/healthfulpursuit 2: Goody Beats: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLrsGeU0MJNw8o5aDdt5Bw 3: Keto Connect: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzRYivTpUQ0r2qPPjfLoQiA I will definitely try to keep you guys updated on my progress! My short term goal is to be at 270 by the end of June so when I get on that plane to Vagas, Ill be ready to “Turn Up!” LOL!!!!! (Ya’ll pray for me!!! LOL!) I’ll take any encouragement (And Im doing this Keto thing so DO NOT try to change my mind! I WILL CUT YOU! RUDE! (SNL Referance…lol!) Till Next time Luxe Dolls!!! Live Luxe, Define Plus and Live Life! xoxo ~Stephanie
Hey Luxe Babes! I wanted to show you how to make inexpensive floral accent arrangements. I used cotton balls to keep them from shifting as much, solely because I wanted it to be non-permanent in case i wanted to do a quick color change. You could spend another dollar or so and hot glue a foam base to stick your flowers in. I find that its not necessary for smaller arrangements, but its totally an option! So here’s a quick pictorial on how to make this cute little glam baby! (Flower Bunch and Mercury glass container came from Walmart ) If you decide to try this, please tag me in a photo!! (All my social media info is on the blogs main page!????) I constructed D.I.Y for Vanessa West, my Real Estate Agent. Visit her Facebook page for more information on Home buying, budgeting and Home related tips! Till next time Luxe Babes!???? Xoxo Stephanie
Bonjour Luxe Babes! By the title, you would think that I finally got to live out my dream and took a trip to Paris…right?? Well…although that will remain on my bucket list, That did’nt quite happen! LOL! As you guys know, I am an Atlanta native and we are know for having an amazing food preseance as well as a pretty nice night-life! I, personally am super lame and don’t partake too much in the nightlife (which I will be making an effort to do so…but hunny, that will be in a whole different blog post! LOL!) Anyway…Me and my girl Liz decided we would go have a casual brunch at this adorable spot she heard of! I was game, because yall know im a foodie all day errrrrr day! First, lets talk about the restaurant itself! Its an adorable little spot in the Kirkwood area, nestled downtown Atlanta. It’s called Le Petit Marche, which translates to “The Little Market”. This area is full of small businesses, historical buildings and beautifully renovated homes. Here’s a little information form their site about their owner (And YES! Its Black owned! Score!!!) and how the restaurant came to be: “Established in 2008, the Little Market started as a true market complete with fresh breads, cheeses, pestos, unique locally-made pantry items and flavor-packed sandwiches, soups and salads.
As the economy worsened in 2008, the focus of the market shifted from mostly retail to prepared foods. That decision was the turning point for this little gem.
Winning several “Best of…” awards, Le Petit Marché continues to attract people from all over making it not only a neighborhood hangout but a destination for delectable breakfast and lunch.
“It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B” says Marche Sparks, owner of Le Petit Marché in downtown Kirkwood. Amidst the worst recession of our time, Sparks was given the opportunity to realize her dream of owning a gourmet market and cafe.
From the beginning, it seemed failure was imminent. “So many times I cried wondering why we hadn’t had a single customer in hours.” So, with some tweaking of her business model and really addressing the needs of the community, the market gained momentum. “It’s the little market that could” she says as lines sometimes reach the door and tables are filled inside and out.
With “Pop” greeting customers and telling great stories and Mom whipping up mouth-watering soups everyday, Le Petit Marché is intoxicatingly familiar…it’s home.”
When we I first entered, I felt immediately felt a warm and cozy vibe! It was a simple, yet charming atmosphere. I skimmed the menu (As I always do…) prior to arriving so I kinda knew what I wanted. Once your inside, there was a hutch with a selection of gourmet items and oh-so cute branded tumblers and mugs! (Which I forgot to pick up one on my way out! I could have kicked myself!)
Then you head to the cashier to place your number (They work off of the Table number system, which keeps it simple and easy for everyone!) There is a fridge with drinks or you can choose to utilize the coffee bar area.
You cant help but get lost in the light and airy, yet warm ambiance! My food came pretty quickly, so I didn’t have a chance to snap too many photos…but I did catch a glance of the lovely photos on the way before me…I’m assuming its “Mom and Pop” from the excerpt from the site above. It’s nice to see an establishment infused with History! From the charm of the lantern light fixtures, the ornate chandelier and the vintage plate arrangement on the wall… No wonder this is a go-to spot for the locals!
Ok…I know someone out there is probably like “Get on with the food already! So here we go!!! I choose “The Grits Stack” The Grits Stack The Grit Stack Creamy grits topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar, marinated shrimp and pork bacon. Substitute Delia’s chicken sausage or veggie sausage for bacon or shrimp at no charge. Served with wheat toast! This Grit Bowl was a perfectly Savory and very filling! The great thing about this, you can customize it to your dietary preferences! It was the epitome of comfort food! I left with a warm, full feeling in my tummy! Awesomeness! My Girl Liz got the “French Toast Sandwich”! OMG! When they brought it out I have to say it made my mouth water! French Toast Sandwich Vanilla-rum battered french toast, scrambled eggs, with your choice of bacon, Delia’s chicken sausage or veggie sausage all drizzled with warm buttery syrup. *(2nd Photo is from the site) It simply a ooey-gooey French Toast breakfast in Sandwich formation! Its the perfect mix of that sweet and salty that a lot of crave and it makes the perfect brunch plate! and the sprinkle or Powdered sugar closes the deal! Highly suggested! So, bottom line is, I really recommend Le Petit Marche’ for a cute and comphy brunch spot! I haven’t had a chance to partake any of the Lunch (Which I will return to do so…most definatly!) The service is warm and friendly (And Quick) and the culture is summed up in one word: Community. I hope you get to visit this cute little place if your a local or visiting! That’s all Luxe Dolls! xoxo ~Stephanie 1984 Hosea L. Williams Drive
Atlanta, GA 30317
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Hi Luxe Dolls!
I am SUPER EXCITED to announce that I am partnering with JORD watches!!! YAY!!!! Whoot Whoot! Ok…now that that’s all out of the way…I thought it would be kind of cool to write a letter to myself for Valentine’s Day. (Since its right around the corner….) When I was in my last relationship, we never made a big deal out of the Holiday. There were sometimes where we exchanged gifts, but it was never a must. This was a long term relationship, therefore it evolved from celebrating every single holiday put forth by the retail industry. I am IN NO WAY SAYING that it’s wrong to celebrate these holidays! I’m just saying that we didn’t put them in a place of Value! That being said…now I’m single….and I think it’s healthy to think about what Valentine’s day means to me or how I would celebrate it either alone or with friends or a significant other. So I decided to write a letter to myself….so here goes.
Over the years you have had someone to share Valentine’s Day with. You two never made it a big deal because after all, you celebrated your love everyday right? 2017 you were alone….but the wound was still fresh. The breakup was new and you chose to ignore the whole day all together. It’s OK girl…I feel you. You had to take baby steps to re-discover yourself.
This year you’re “alone” for Valentine’s Day and that s perfectly fine. You can actually make a big deal and celebrate the Holiday! Why not?? It’s time to love yourself! Do your makeup…dress a little sexy. Love on yourself…get a massage or treat yourself to a special gift! It’s OK to open a bottle of wine and have a glass (or 2…or 3…)
On Holidays like this, when you are “alone” its OK to reflect. Ask yourself questions like “If I had a significant other would we do anything special?” or “What is something special that I could buy him that would make him remember this day?!?” or “What would we do to make this day super special?” Of just choose to focus on you…or love on a family member.
(Can you tell I love This wooden watch and Wine??? See the trend? )
But girl, I just want you to let you know that either way…YOU ARE FIERCE! You are VIBRANT…you deserve to TREAT YOUR SELF!! (And hun…that wooden watch your wearing…its niiiiiiccceee…. :::WInk Wink:::)
The one who knows you best,
Thank you guys for reading my Valentines letter to myself!
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You know…as i sit here taking hella responsibility for my life, I feel like it means nothing if I don’t share how I feel. I mean…there might be one or two…maybe 3 people out there who feel like a total failure! I CANT be the only one. DISCLAIMER: I made decisions and am very much accountable for my mistakes: Most of you get it…the rest of you can F-Off! Yeah….I said it. AND all my 2 Broke Girls Pics were brought to you by a generic Google search, I dont own any of there photos…and neither did they! BOOM! Yes…I know (Really deep within) that everything happens for a reason. I know that the Self-help gurus tell us to “Stay Positive!!!” and “Be the change you need in your life!”. AND I know that this blog post is basically a pity party and it might be a table for one. I TOTALLY understand of you want to exit stage right. (Wait…at least go and read one of my other fashion post…don’s bail out on me all together…damn). So at this point, your probably like STEPHANIE!!?? WTH is wrong with you? Ok…ok! Well Imma make you a quick list so I don’t waist any on your time! 1) I am broke. I have spent soooooo much that I have miserably failed financially. If you saw my credit report and my budget, you would probably just me harshly. 2) Im STILL Single after over a year out of my relationship (Keep reading and you will probably know why…) 3) Im still Fat. (Its ok to be fat…Its NOT okay to not be happy in your body. YES I can work with what I have…but I don’t want to!) 4) I have to work EXTRA hard to maintain my home space. Its not natural for things to be Pintrest and Instagram ready as all times. Sometimes my house is a wreck! (Not Nasty as in dirty… Just Messy and sometimes un-organized) 5) I am sooooo unhappy with my job. (I’m off this weekend and have anxiety about going in Monday) 6) I have SEVERAL projects that I am behind on. I was making an honest attempt to schedule and plan for my Collabs BUT life and ME got in the freekin way! I’m obsessing about 1-5 which is getting in the way of productivity!) 7) I feel like I’m looking old…and feeling that way as well. 8) I have NO SOCIAL LIFE!! Its Work Home Work Home WORK HOME And Work at Home! 10) I often feel very alone. Because I don’t let my feelings out a lot, they stack up and I sometimes feel like no one really gets how I feel. 11) Im questioning my pescatarian Lifestyle… it could just be stress…but I would love anything more in life then a 20 Pc Hot with Lemon pepper sprinkles and Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pizza form Papa Johns! 12) I’m on the verge on just saying F$&K IT!! I’m just over it. So….I would like to make you all happy (Maybe I should have added a #13…Making everyone else happy to keep the peace….hummmm) by saying I am going to take all these frustrations and turn them into motivation to make thing better!!! (((INSERT big old cheezy face equipped with open eyes and fake smile….and 2 thumbs up!))). But honestly…im not there yet. (AND my Papa Johns Cart is still in tact…with my Discover card Payment info filled in…all I need to do is press “Submit Order”) I sent a chat to my lovely neice…she was loss or words. But when someone as I feels like this, theres nothing really to say, Sometimes we dont need a pep talk. We don’t want “Tough Love”. We just need to be. Unfortunatly, my mind spinns like this often…sometimes more rapidly then others. Sometimes I cry so much I cant catch my breath. Sometimes I have to walk into work with my head down because my eyes are swolen and red, only to have to turn on “Joyful Manager Stephanie”. Its tiring. Its daunting, Its my life.
Now that I have laid it all out here…I hope that it dosent turn into a bash me session. I HOPE someone reads this and knows that the feelings they have ARE VALID. They are REAL. They are ACCEPTABLE. The only lesson I want to give you is to keep pushing through it. Its how you react to this clusterfuck of feelings. We can have them….but we cant bathe in them for long.
Will Life still trow you and I curve balls??? Absofreekenlutly! But I have to keep practicing how to keep moving forward! Thats the key…Keep practicing on being better then 5 mins ago. Keep practicing on how to learn from each mistake and know mistakes that keep repeating are habbits! Bad Habbits, unlike promises, are meant to be broken. Practice makes perfect (Well…not perfect…but closer to bad bitch status) In case no one has told you today, I LOVE YOU!!! TTYS Luxe Babes! xoxo ~Stephanie
Hey Luxe Dolls! !!! Valentines Day is right around the corner and if you want to look good for yourself of your significant other, I GOT YOU COVERED!!! I am honored to be able to work with Curvy Sense and who sent a few Items to show you! I’ve prepared 3 Looks that will Take you from a Valentines Brunch to a night out on the town! Curvy Sense has a variety of Items, but they seriously ROCK in the Dress Dept! We will get there…I Promise! But First, let me show you my casual and Cute Brunch look! “Marilyn” Off the Shoulder Sweater I chose the Dusty Pink “Marilyn” off the shoulder Sweater. It is soft and very light weight (More like a knit). Is is nice quality. its lightly ribbed and has a simple, yet romantic quality about it. I paired Marilyn with a edgy destroyed Lace-up bottom jeans for the perfect contrast! I topped off this look with a pair of Leather pumps from Lane Bryant and a tassel Clutch from JustFab. PLUS SIZE DESTROYED LACE UP BOTTOM JEANS – DARK WASH Lace up detail is FIRE! ACCESORIZE!!! Leather Heals- Lane Bryant Collection (Past Season) Pink Hat- Wal-Mart.com Suede Fringe Handbag- Vince Camuto (Past Season) Ok…Some of us ladies might have a Dinner date! I have the Perfect dress for you! This Bandage Mesh Cut-out Dress is sleeveless and has a sexy peek-a-boo cutout under the bust line that shows the perfect amount of skin! It’s above the knee so you can choose to show off those legs (Like I did) or wear a pair of Thigh-high boots for those chilly evenings. The dress features a shadow-like horizontal texture. The burgundy color is the perfect in-between hue if you don’t want to wear pink or red! I paired this dress with the same clutch as the outfit above from JustFab, and a pair of Faux-Suede tie up platform heals (Ailani) from JustFab as well! Burgundy Bandage Mesh Cut-out Dress Ok…my last look is perfect for that “I don’t need a man and me and my girls are going to turn up! This Mixed Media faux leather bodycon dress! Its is very lightweight, but the tailoring is perfect! the seaming is very slimming and the design is edgy, yet sexy! I paired this dress with a fuchia pair of Fuchsia JustFab “Venezia” Pump and a thin black choker. Add a black clutch and your good to go! PLUS SIZE FAUX LEATHER BODYCON DRESS – BLACK SO!!! How do you like my looks??? I swear Curvy Sense is one of the best places for cute clothes and HOT dresses! They have so many to choose from you might just get in trouble! But once again…I GOT YOU!! Use my special code LUXE15 for my Luxe Dolls and save 15% off your entire purchase! Hurry! Get your Valentines looks in check girl! I gave you a code so what are you waiting for! Till next time Luxe Dolls! xoxo ~Stephanie
Hi Dolls! Question: Were you a plain black pump last year? Were you that go-to flat or your old faithful sneaker? Well, if you said yes, thats ok! That dosent put you on the naughty list! Most of us, as human beings, gravitate towards a safe life and safe options that feel comfortable. Its completely normal! But sometimes, I advise you to tuck your conservative black pump mentality away and be the shoe with shine…With texture…with PERSONALITY! Speaking of personality, meet Shoedazzle’s “Bryce” This shoe reminded me to step out of my comfort zone (I mean…they are comphy! I promise!) and walk into 2018 taking more risks. I need to mix it up a bit! Show the world that im not just another black pump! So let’s all learn from Bryce! Kick back, be EXTRA, and 2018 won’t be ready for us!! Join me on ShoeDazzle and get Bryce or choose from many other fabulous styles for a STEAL!! Live a Luxe Life! Xoxo -Stephanie
Ok you guys…imma keep this post sweet and simple…because i know your going to want to fix a cocktail afterwards. (Or…go grab one right now…go ahead! I’ll wait…????????????????????????????????????????) One of my best friends (and my photographer) Russell Gilliam from Ingenious Images Photography ) has a bar. And when I say bar… I mean a black metal bookshelf with his bottles and bitters sitting in it! Lol! Yeah…I had a rough draft to begin with…Wanna see what it looked like? Here you go! Yup…bottles on a shelf. Just like that. Soooo….step one, clear off the shelves! My goal was to convert this bookshelf to a polished, yet rustic manly bar for my friend! He hustles super hard and deserves to come home to a nice space to relax! Step 1: Clear it off! Start with a blank surface…clean it, and get rid of any ovious issues….touch up any surface flaws at this point. Step 2: Find your base piece and build around it! I found this rustic metal tray and knew it was perfect! Its copper and matte grat surfaced metal with rustib rope detail! It was $17.99 from AtHome (Formally Garden Ridge) Step 3: Add a Seasonal Element. I had a Faux Fur wine holder of which i inserted a clear vase (At Home)…You will see in later photos i added some seasonal red poinsettias! I will get some other flowers as the season changes. Step#4 Begin to add your choice of Barware! We chose copper tones mixed with clear glass and crystal textures. Wine Holder: unknown Decantor: At Home – 3pc Copper Shaker Set: Bloomingdales – Stand Up Corkscrew: Target (Flowers i told you about! Add a few bottles and accent pieces for a cozy Bar esthetic…) – “R” Coasters: At Home Cement and Copper Handle holder: $3.99 from At Home – Wine Glasses (already owned) (Close up of Center) Step 5: Load up the Liquor!! I organize by type and bottle height. I took all his mixers and tucked them away into a large Box and centered on the bottom shelves anchored by some Antique Beer Mugs he was gifted. (Hide the unnecessary stuff…) (Oraganize by Type/ Bottle Height) (Feature whats important) The top shelve is for featuring his better baller glasses, moscow mule copper mugs and a small basket for extra small accesories (and tea-lights for the candle holder). Step 6: Tie the look into the wall. I felt the space needed dimension! I added these rustic framed mirriors (Set of 3/ $12.99 from At Home) in a staggered pattern. It added a classy look to the whole look! I was super happy with them! Who knew $13 would give such look?!?! So, here is the final look!! I truly love the finished product?? What do you think?? Thank you for going through the process with me! Russell loved it and so do I! Cheers to the freekin New Year luvs!! Live your best Luxe Life! Xoxo -Steph
Fashion is one thing that we all will NEVER 100% agree on. Fashion, like art, is subjective. Like a bad (or good) day…emotional. Fashion is as individual as a snowflake. My Sissies and I did a colab that required us to tap into our inner war zone! No fighting her though…we showed the base of fighting a good war. We showed the strength and confidence that is required to perform at our optimal selves. Boots: Full Beauty Camo Pants: Marshalls Jacket: HSN Watch: Kate Spade Necklace: Target Adidas: Marshalls Adidas Hoodie: Amazon Camo is a strong print…its sexy too???? My sister’s and I showshowed you how to rock this trend, what ever level you are in the fight. Camo or not…keep fighting the good fight! #sscolabs ????Myisha???? ????Danielle???? ????Janelle???? ????Robin???? ????Sara???? How do you feel about Camo? Comment below! Don’t forget to follow ME and my girls on Instagram! (Their links are below each picture????) For more collabs…search #sscolabs on IG! Till next time! Stay Luxe and Fabulous! Xoxo???? -Stephanie
My girl Paris (yes! Mt bathroom is a girl…and has a name! Duh!) has a secret! She is petite with a chic black and white Parisian flair! But… …Paris has a secret!!! Under her white little trench coat (i.e cabinet) is a HOT MESS CHILE!! I felt Paris needed an intervention (trust me..there was more to this mess then the pic shows…i wasnt going to air out ALL her dirty laundry! Thats not lady like! I will say…she has too much hair stuff…lol! Tip number one empty the entire cabinet and get rid of the extra! Its easy to throw random stuff under the petticoat…lol! Now…for your guest powder room, keep it simple. Keep extra tissue, lotion, hand soap and other items you would like NOT to have to ask for. Like feminine products for lady guest and baby wipes to freshin up. Now…this isnt my final product, but like me, you can revamp on yiur budget! My bathroom serves as a powder room and my sometimes master bath (my big master bathroom is upstaires in my Glam Loft) Which brings me to Tip number 2! Use everyday items you already have to organize. A good idea is to use magazine holders to make the unsigtly be unseen! Catorgorize your items in each holder (see photo above) and place in cabinet tall side faced out. I will end up replacing all of mine with 2 matching boxs for the hair care and beauty items. I used a simple shoe box for combs/Brushes and a black Basket for larger products. Not a huge change…but very simple! Heres the Final (well…till me and Paris go shopping again) product! Soo….what do you think??? Its not perfect…but a great start! I will definitely update you guys on what i change! Paris and I have a few things up our sleeve! Till next time, Be Luxe…be Fabulous! XOXO???? -Stephanie